Correspondence between Robert Southey and Grosvenor Charles Bedford

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lett. c. 22-7, d. 47-57
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Scope and Content

Correspondence between Robert Southey and Grosvenor Charles Bedford, with some other letters, verse, and papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Southey (1774-1843) was a poet, journalist and biographer (details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography). Grosvenor Charles Bedford was Chief Clerk of the Audit Office.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The correspondence was bought at Sotheby's in 1932.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 40767-83.

Custodial History

The correspondence was owned by Bedford's great-niece, Mrs Erskine, of Milton Lodge, Gillingham, Dorset.

Related Material

See also Letters of Robert Southey (MSS. Don. d. 3-5).